Harrisburg, PA, November 17, 2009 — Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC is proud to announce that Harrisburg health care attorney Jonathan Vipond, III was one of two honored with the 2009 Humanitarian Award from United Way of the Capital Region's (UWCR) Tocqueville Society on November 12. Vipond was recognized along with his longtime partner and Mechanicsburg resident Tim E. Bunner for outstanding commitment to improving life in the Capital Region during a special reception, sponsored by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company and M&T Bank, at The Hershey Story: The Museum on Chocolate Avenue.
"One of our strengths as an organization is our ability to attract diverse and committed volunteers who see UWCR as an important way they demonstrate their sense of caring for our community," said Joseph M. Capita, UWCR president and CEO. "We're fortunate to have Jonathan and Tim as volunteers, and we're grateful for all they continue doing to help us make the Capital Region a more caring community."
Vipond served on the board of directors for The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) for 10 years and five years as vice chair. He has co-chaired the AIDS Fund of South Central Pennsylvania, a project of TFEC for a decade and serves on the organization's public policy committee. In 2007, he was honored by the organization for his remarkable leadership. Vipond is a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee for Mental Health and Mental Retardation. He also has served as a board member or volunteer for Open Stage of Harrisburg, Theatre Harrisburg, MetroArts and the Cultural Enrichment Fund.
Since moving to Harrisburg in 1979, Vipond's true passion has been to help improve the lives of others through United Way. He began in 1989 by serving as a campaign coordinator for Buchanan.
In 2008, amidst a challenging fundraising environment and time of great need in the Harrisburg-region, Vipond served as campaign chair and led UWCR to raise $10,125,157, a 5.5 percent increase over the prior year. Vipond's vision and leadership led United Way to this milestone. He continues to serve on UWCR's board of directors and is a member of the public policy committee. Vipond is also a member of the Tocqueville Society.
About the United Way's Humanitarian Award
The Humanitarian Award is presented annually to a local leader or leaders who meet the following seven criteria: 1.) a commitment to voluntary systems of human services; 2.) creative in his or her approach to serving the community; 3.) outstanding in providing leadership and working with others; 4.) provides sustained service over a period of years; 5.) inspirational in encouraging others to serve; 6.) actions have had or will have a major impact on changing and saving lives; and, 7.) produces results that are clearly visible and tangible.
As a member of the firm's Health Care Section and the Nontraditional Couples and Families Practice Group, Vipond provides guidance as to state and federal regulatory matters for health care clients and offers human services advice for various corporations and nonprofit entities as well as individuals and couples.
Vipond is the senior health care shareholder in Buchanan's Harrisburg office, as well as vice chair of the Health Care Section. He is a past member of the firm's Board of Directors and is co-managing shareholder of the firm's Harrisburg offices.